This area has the most wonderful place to see the eagles this time of year. On the Mississippi River, there is no better place to view the splendor of this bird. People come from all over to experience this.
Had a friend come visit from out of town and was asking about the barges and how big they were and such. So I said, "Let's go see some if we are lucky." He wasn't sure what I meant. We got in the car and I took him to the Arsenal Mississippi River Visitors Center and BINGO! We were just... 更多
This is located just inside of Rock Island Arsenal - near the Engineer Tower. It is part of the lock and dam system and you can see boats come into the lock system. Also in the winter it is a great place to observe the Eagles. I have seen them numerous times swoop into the water there and pull out... 更多
Little visitor center on top of the lock and dam 15. Right when we were there a tug with 12 barges came into lock. They have a great map on the 1st floor of the center. Very good stuff on birds of the area. nice spot to get a pic of the river up close. A++ spot for eagles in... 更多
the visitor center itself does not look like much but there are a lot of neat features to the center. go up to the tower and if you are lucky you can see the barges come thru the lock and dam. The day we were there we got to see the bridge (car and RR) shut down traffic and swivel... 更多
This visitor center is worth a visit to see an up close view of barges traveling through the locks. Army Corps of Engineers personnel are available to answer questions and there are short videos to watch.
We made a late afternoon stop on a visit to Arsenal Island and enjoyed learning about Lock and Dam 15 and the River Valley. It was interesting but we recommend taking in one of the tours offered at 11:00am and 2:00pm each day during the summer. Seeing the lock in operation on a tour is what we'll try to do... 更多